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Twins, quadruplets, own granddaughter: stories of women who gave birth after 55
Twins, quadruplets, own granddaughter: stories of women who gave birth after 55

Science and medicine are developing, reproductive technologies are becoming more and more perfect - the average age of childbearing is increasing. Now giving birth after 30 is usually the case, and the term "old-born" seems to be starting to be forgotten. But all the same, cases of the birth of children by women over 50 years old cause a wave of discussion. Collected 6 stories about those who became a mother after 55.


Raisa Akhmadeeva, gave birth at 56 years old

In 2008, Raisa Akhmadeeva from Ulyanovsk gave birth to her first child. She tried to become a mother for more than 30 years, but pregnancies, even if they did come, ended in miscarriage. When Raisa turned 40, the doctors suggested abandoning the idea of ​​getting pregnant altogether. But the married couple did not give up their dream: at 56, Raisa became pregnant and her son Eldar was born. The boy was born with a weight of 2600 g and 49 cm. In the Perinatal Center of Ulyanovsk, such a birth was taken for the first time, but everything went well.

Barbara Higgins, gave birth at 57


New Hampshire teacher Barbara Higgins gave birth to her son Jack in March 2021. The baby was born completely healthy and weighed 2600 g. Barbara became one of the oldest pregnant and giving birth women in the United States.

The woman and her husband became parents not for the first time - in 2016, their 13-year-old daughter Molly died of a brain tumor. Mrs. Higgins managed to get pregnant on the third attempt, for which the couple had to go through IVF - it is not known whether Barbara's own frozen eggs were used for this or the spouses used donor eggs.

Pregnancy proceeded without complications - Higgins is sure that this is due to the fact that she leads an active lifestyle, is engaged in CrossFit and strength training. She notes that she trained with dumbbells even on the day of birth.

Galina Shubenina, gave birth at 60 years old


Muscovite Galina Shubenina lost her adult son in 2005. The woman, who at that time was 50 years old, hoped that she would be able to give birth to a child again. The long-awaited daughter Cleopatra - the girl received the name in honor of her great-grandmother - was born in 2015, when Galina was 60 years old.

The pregnancy proceeded without problems, and the birth ended with a planned caesarean section. Galina, although she is satisfied with the result obtained, does not advise anyone to repeat her experience - nevertheless, raising a child is difficult for middle-aged spouses.

Cecile Eledge, gave birth at 61


A Nebraska woman was carrying her own granddaughter. She became a surrogate mother for her son and his husband. Mrs. Eledge said that it was she who initiated such an offer, but the son did not take her words seriously. Later, however, he changed his mind.

She was confident in her body and did not have the slightest doubt that she could bear the child without problems. Her son became a sperm donor, and his wife's sister became an egg donor.

The pregnancy really passed without any particular problems - the woman felt "only a little worse" than in the previous three pregnancies.

Annegret Raunig, 65 years old


German Annegret Raunig, a linguist professor, is a kind of record holder in childbearing, especially in age. By the age of 65, she did not have a husband, but had 13 children, born to different fathers and anonymous sperm donors. The oldest child was 40 years old and the youngest daughter was 10. She was conceived naturally and was born when Annegret was 55 years old. The woman herself says that it was the youngest daughter who asked her mother to give birth to even younger children, so that she would have someone to play with.

Mom fulfilled the request: at the age of 65, Annegret not only became a mother again, she, using donor oocytes and sperm from an anonymous donor, gave birth to fours.They refused to carry out the procedure of replanting a fertilized egg in Germany, but the agreed Ukrainian doctors coped with it.

Annegret Raunig has repeatedly been criticized by others, the press and many others, but she has one answer to this. She believes that everyone should live the way they want.

Omkari Panwar, gave birth at 70


In 2008, an Indian woman gave birth to twins - a boy and a girl. By that time, Omkari was already a mother of two adult daughters and a grandmother of five granddaughters, but she and her husband really wanted a son as well.

In order for the children to be born, the family had to undergo in vitro fertilization using donor oocytes. This required an impressive amount, which the spouses did not have: they sold their buffaloes, mortgaged the land and spent all their savings.

When the twins were 4 years old, the girl died due to medical error. The boy grows up and his parents hope to live until the moment when he gets married. But even if this is not destined to come true, Omkari Panwar is sure that after her death, one of the eldest daughters will take care of her son.

Erramatti Mangayamma, gave birth at 74


Another Indian woman became pregnant in a similar way - she also needed artificial insemination and an egg donor. In September 2019, the 74-year-old mother and her 83-year-old husband had two daughters. They were born by cesarean section.

The couple said that they had been waiting for the onset of pregnancy for many years, but not a single doctor could help them. Due to the fact that they did not have children, the couple was shamed and judged.

Some women, in order to become parents, resort to the services of surrogate mothers, while others decide on adoption. They resort to such methods not only because of their age, but also for a variety of reasons - someone is simply not ready for childbirth and the unpleasant sensations associated with them.

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